President Eisenhower Collection

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President Eisenhower Collection

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This collection contains all resources used for the exhibit featuring President Dwight Eisenhower's visit to Charlotte in 1954.

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Evan Faulkenbury

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Items in the President Eisenhower Collection Collection

President Eisenhower Accepts the Invitation
This is an official note the White House sent to A. Grant Whitney informing him and the city of Charlotte that the President would attend Freedom Celebration Day on May 18, 1954.

Ike Arrives at Freedom Park
This is a black and white photograph of President Eisenhower arriving at Freedom Park via motorcade. He is waving to the crowd that gathered for the day's festivities on May 18, 1954. He is surrounded by secret servicemen.

Charlotte Anticipates Ike's Arrival
This is a photo of a bus with a banner attached to the front welcoming Ike (President Eisenhower) to Charlotte for Freedom Celebration Day in 1954.

Red Ribbon for Freedom Celebration Day
This is a red ribbon worn on Freedom Celebration Day on May 18, 1954 in Charlotte.

Blue Ribbon for Freedom Celebration Day
This is a ribbon worn on May 18, 1954 for Freedom Celebration Day.

Charlotteans Gather for Ike
This is a photo of the crowd at Freedom Celebration Day in 1954 in Freedom Park. The view is from behind as the crowd faces the main platform where President Eisenhower sat.

Charlottean Women in Patriotic Regalia
This is an image of two women with binoculars watching the main stage during Freedom Celebration Day. One is wearing a homemade patriotic hat fashioned out of newspaper.

Charlottean Kids Also Await Ike
This is a photo of several kids and adults sitting on the lawn casually enjoying Freedom Celebration day.

Meck Dec Cake
This is an image of a large cake baked in honor of the President's visit with the words of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence written with icing. A lady proudly stands next to the cake with a ribbon commemorating the special day.

Ike Waves to the Crowd
This is a photo of President Eisenhower waving to the crowd in Charlotte after taking the main stage in Freedom Park. Behind him are several guests also surrounded by the stars and stripes.